Ingredients

  • Chicken Breast – 200gm
  • Egg – 1
  • Cornstarch – 6 tbsp
  • White Pepper powder – 1tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Dried Whole Red Chili – 3 to 4nos.
  • Spring Onion – 2 nos.
  • Tomato Ketchup – 1tbsp
  • Green chili – 2 to 3nos.
  • Ginger – 1′ piece
  • Garlic – 1 clove
  • Oil – 4 tbsp
  • Soy Sauce – 2tbsp
  • Sugar – 2tsp
  • Chicken Stock – 1cup
  • Roasted Cashews/ Peanuts – 1/2cup
  • Plum Sauce – 1 to 2 tbsp*

Method

  • Cut chicken breast into 1″ cubes. Mix egg, 4tbsp cornstarch, white pepper powder and salt into the chicken pieces and leave aside to marinate for 1 hour.
  • Remove stem and break red chilies into two. Blend the remaining cornstarch in half cup of water. Finely chop the spring onions. Finely chop ginger, garlic and green chilies.
  • Heat sufficient oil in a wok and deep fry the marinated chicken pieces till it turns golden brown. remove and place on a paper towel.
  • Heat 4 tbsp of oil in a deep pan. Add the broken red chilies, chopped ginger, garlic, green chilies and stir fry for a minute. Add chopped spring onions and continue to stir fry for a minute more.
  • Add soy sauce, sugar and salt. Stir in the chicken stock, tomato ketchup and plum sauce and cook for a minute. Stir in the dissolved cornstarch and immediately add the fried chicken pieces and cashews. Cook for 2mins on high heat stirring continuously.
  • Serve hot with fried rice or noodles.

Plum Sauce substitute can be prepared using plum jam. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine jam, vinegar, brown sugar, dried onion, red pepper, garlic and ginger. Bring to a boil, stirring continuously. Remove from heat and use. (As I didn’t have plum jam I used apricot jam in its place.)

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